Frequently Asked Questions

The SB Innovation Fellowship program is an enhancement of the previous SSB Fellowship program, designed to provide a deep and comprehensive training in health technology innovation, catered to the Singapore and Asian context. The goal is to develop the next generation of healthtech innovators for Asia.

The SB program will continue fostering ties with Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign as a joint partner and sharing best practices for Biodesign teaching. For the Innovation Fellows, SB has arranged a 3 weeks implementation phase at Silicon Valley where meetings will be set up to promote interaction with Stanford Biodesign's faculty and also to get involved with their training activities, where appropriate.

The 6 months training phase brings the best of Biodesign to our Innovation Fellows. Our Innovation Fellows will undergo a myriad of didactic, practice and experiential learning that is curated and led by the SB Faculty consisting of the core training team and mentors. This involves a series of instructional teaching materials, case studies for learning and practice and hands on experience on their own biodesign journey/project. Fellows are further guided by a team of dedicated mentors from various disciplines and experiences, as well as exposure to a wider network of ecosystem stakeholders locally and regionally.

The 6 months Innovation Fellowship will kick off with a 2 months pre-fellowship remote preparation phase where Fellows will spend time to research and understand the clinicial theme of the year, as well as carry out some pre-reading on the Biodesign Process. This is followed by an introductory 5-day Biodesign bootcamp to provide an appreciation of the process before the start of the Innovation Fellow's Biodesign journey.

As the programme is focussed on providing greater context to understanding Asian needs, clinical immersions will be set up focussed primarily in Singapore and regional hospitals i.e. China and Indonesia. The immersion will also allow for interaction with the ecosystem beyond the clinical community. Innovation Fellows can also expect to spend more time on project execution supplemented with dedicated mentoring and in-depth domain expertise workshops to derisk their product solution and business plan. This is further bolstered by a 3 weeks implementation phase at Silicon Valley to complete the Fellowship.

Training will be carried out by the SB Core Team which includes the Fellowship Head, Curriculum Head and Fellowship Mentors.

  • Firstly, the training you receive is highly experiential, and consists not only of a tailored curriculum to the Biodesign process, but also an opportunity for hands-on learning by working on a fresh project and frequent interaction with expert mentors.
  • Secondly, the Fellowship provides you with an end-to-end view of the early stages of the health technology innovation process. From clinical immersion and needs finding in Singapore and regional Asian countries, to invent and implementation planning; you will gain hands-on practice by navigating critical risks and experience unique opportunities across a broad range of activities. This training is further supplemented by our lecture series and domain-expert workshops, coupled with one-on-one (fellowship team) mentoring.
  • Thirdly, the Fellowship is interdisciplinary and team-based. You will gain essential soft skills in stakeholder management and teamwork and learn a tremendous amount from interacting with your peers.
  • Finally, the skills and connections you build are practical, targeted, and immediately applicable to a career in health technology innovation. Leveraging on the extensive local and international Biodesign network, the Fellowship will present an unprecedented headstart to springboard your learnings and to navigate the complex healthcare ecosystem.

At the end of the program, the Innovation Fellows are presented with a graduation certificate in Biodesign.

Up to 8 Innovation Fellows from multidisciplinary backgrounds will be selected each Fiscal Year (1 Apr to 31 Mar) and will be divided into two Fellowship teams. Fellows sponsored by our company partners may also be included in the teams.

We advise interested applicants to attend our events and to interact with our team, mentors and alumni to better understand the culture and training process. Alternatively, do attend one of our recruitment roadshows to find out more!

We typically receive ~75 applications each year and ~15% of applicants get through to the final interview.

SB has conducted an extensive benchmarking with local entrepreneurship programs and international Biodesign-like programmes to ensure fair compensation. SB will provide monthly stipends to match last drawn salary (not inclusive of bonus and CPF) up to a cap of SGD$8k/month for healthcare professionals and SGD$6k/month for non-healthcare professionals, subject to changes. Healthcare professionals may separately write in to their host institutions for top-up in stipends, where applicable.

Tuition fees for curriculum, mentoring and administrative fees for required training with SB, Stanford Byers Centre for Bidoesign and SB’s appointed curriculum partners, return air tickets for the regional immersion and the United States (including visa fees, immunization and related insurance) and support for prototyping and conference in a related area (subject to approval) will also be provided.

Singapore Biodesign is hosted by A*STAR Singapore and is not a qualification-awarding institution. We will only certify your participation in the fellowship, endorsed by A*STAR and joint programme parter Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign upon completion of the prescribed programme.

It is not a requirement to complete your AST, but that would be an advantage and preferred if you have attained an Associate Consultant position and/or equivalent.

There is no specific age limit imposed on the applicants.

Such experience would be advantageous, but not mandatory.

We will not require the supporting documents at the recruitment phases. If you are selected as the final candidate, you are required to submit all supporting documents together.

Referee letters will only be required at the 2nd round, and to be submitted by the referees to the office directly.

The goal of the Innovation Fellowship is to learn the Biodesign process of innovation from start to finish. Accordingly, we ask that you work on needs and technologies that you and your team identify and invent together as part of the Fellowship process. If you have an existing medical device idea, you may contact our office separately to share and seek corresponding advice.

No, non-clinician Fellows have to commit to the Innovation Fellowship on a FULL-TIME basis during the 6 months. Engagement in other work or studies is not allowed.

However, clinician Fellows may opt to apply for 1 day/week of clinical practice hours on weekends, subject to approval. These clinical practice hours are optional and will be on top of the full time Innovation Fellowship commitment.

Innovation Fellows are expected to contribute back to the nation’s ecosystem building efforts post-training. Fellows are required to submit a needs database of all the needs gathered during the Fellowship training back to SB one month before the completion of the programme.

Upon successful completion of the SB Programme, the Fellow is required to hold employment in a public or private enterprise located in Singapore for a period of 12 months in any relevant HealthTech appointment(s) which SB may deem appropriate. During the 12 months, each fellow is also required to contribute back to SB a minimum of 40 hours of service via lectures, project coaching and/or mentoring at SB training programmes.

Fellows who fail to complete the SB Fellowship or fail to fulfill the SB Fellowship bond, will be required to pay back all monies projected to be expensed by SB to or for the benefit of the Fellow for up to first three months of training, whichever is higher.

The Fellowship will span 6 months and will commence from the first week of August.

Yes. Fellows are required to submit tax deduction to IRAS on their own.

No. Each year, SB selects a different clinical subspecialty as the focus for the Fellowship. We believe that by working in an area where Fellows are not necessarily experts, will give the Fellows a different perspective where they are more likely to question existing paradigms and recognize interesting opportunities.

A*STAR as the host institution, owns the intellectual property. We work closely with A*STAR Enterprise/A*ccelerate (A*STAR's tech transfer office) to help translate inventions coming out of the Fellowship, where appropriate.

Our Fellows are expected to contribute back to the health technology innovation ecosystem according to their strengths and career goals after the Innovation Fellowship. SB Fellows continue to pursue a career in healthcare post-fellowship in four key paths: Entrepreneurs, R&D/Project Managers, Business Development/Investment Managers, and Clinician Innovators.